Improving the meetup with user feedback

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Steve Brewer
12 days ago
We recently surveyed our members to find out what we want from the meetup.

We had some great suggestions that we’ve already started building into our plans, but here’s a summary of what people voted for as their number one priority at developer meetups.

Help make West London Coders work for you

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Steve Brewer
26 days ago
We've reached 700 members on Meetup.com 🎉

We're also over a year old now, and I realise I've spent a lot of time ad hoc asking people what they want from the meetup, I've never actually sent out a survey to get more quantitative data as well as some open questions for people to suggest more.

So here's a survey that should have been emailed to you through Meetup.com. Please take a moment to fill it out to help us make...

Data

User research

Who doesn't love data when it's this pretty?

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Steve Brewer
About 2 months ago
Within an hour of finding Chart.js I now have 5 beautiful charts on the site that use live data, that's up to date the moment you load the page. 

I haven't refactored how I want to scale this and use it on the site yet, but I'll share what I have so far. 

First up here's the view that initialises where Chart.js will put the data. Nothing much to see here beyond some canvas ...

data

Rails

Ruby

JavaScript

Comments, replies and likes!

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Steve Brewer
2 months ago

I've made some changes to comments so you can now reply to and like them. 

You can also now comment on a language or hackroom, which is new and more complicated than it sounds. 

Comments have a 'commentable', which is polymorphic and can be anything you like. In this case we add the relation to the language model as

has_many :comments, as: :commentable, polymorphic: true

This tells Rails all comments with this language add...

Notifications and follows!

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Steve Brewer
3 months ago

Today we shipped notifications and member follows! You can now follow anyone on the site and they'll be notified. 

You'll also be notified when someone comments on one of your posts or comments. 

It's basic but we can build on this. Some suggestions so far have been to get notified when someone you follow RSVPs to an event, when someone joins your hackroom and build mentions into comments.

We can also make a news feed to show you updates ...

Hackrooms are live!

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Steve Brewer
6 months ago
I've made a few updates to the site over the weekend. You can now:

+ Create hackrooms for people to join
+ Add basic information to the page, including the main language the hackroom is focussed on, as well as any sideline languages used
+ Your hackroom will appear on the page of the languages you're using as well as your profile, and the profiles of anyone who joins it
+ Join any hackroom by ...

Hackrooms

Rails

WLC

West London Coders visits Sky again!

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Steve Brewer
6 months ago
What a great evening we had at Sky last night!

Laura once again had us round to hang out in their brand new Sky Cinema in the stunning shopping mall Sky's just built for their people at their campus in Osterley, West London.

Check out #skyWLC for the highlights.

We had four fantastic speakers: Alasdair Clark from Sky talking about how understanding why you are doing something motiva...

Events

Talks

Sky

Meetups

Applying for a Ruby developer role at FutureLearn

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Steve Brewer
7 months ago
I've had some questions lately about the Ruby developer vacancies at FutureLearn, so I thought I'd share my advice about applying.

Are we a match?

How well you match culturally with a company is one of the first things anyone should look at when deciding whether to apply to work there. The three paragraphs at the top of my CV were really important in the decis...

Hiring

FutureLearn

Ruby

When I knew I was ready to be a developer

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Steve Brewer
7 months ago
I spent all my summer break from work as a primary school teaching assistant learning to code. I was 28, interested in online learning, and there was all this talk about online code schools. I wondered how that would translate to education generally, and reminisced about the time I asked my school teacher when I was eight if we could play SimCity at school because it’s educational, and she laughed at what she thought was a daft idea.

I got addicted to

Learning

Hiring

Programming

Rails to Slack announcements

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Steve Brewer
7 months ago
Until we've added notifications to the site, this handy gem lets you post messages to Slack from Rails.

By adding a line to a controller, we now get a message in our Slack #general when someone comments on the site. It posts their name, comment and a link to the comment so we can reply to it easily.

I've also put recent comments on the home page.

Here's the after_action I've set on the comment '...

Rails

Slack

Slackbot

Webhook

West London Coder X Google Developers Group

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Jerome Clarke (JJ)
7 months ago
We kicked off our first West London Coders event of the year with Google Developers Group Cloud yesterday afternoon. 

65 People gathered to learn, practice and discuss code by forming groups in order to hack ambitious ideas together, mostly using Google Cloud technology. We saw some amazing group presentations at the end of the day. 

My personal favourite was an App that can pair you up with a random person to meet in a local coffee shop and provides you with a fa...

Meetup

GDG

NET-A-PORTER

Google Developers Group Saturday 14th Jan

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Jerome Clarke (JJ)
7 months ago

We are very happy to announce that we will be kicking off our first Meetup of the year with Google Developers Group. GDG is another Meetup group run by developers, for developers, in a similar format to how we do things here at West London Coders.

This is a fantastic networking opportunity for all those who attend and we are very excited to have them join us this Saturday for another fun session of learning and...

Meetup

Google

Building our Rails app Part 1: Intro to Rails

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Steve Brewer
7 months ago

I'm going to run through how I built this site using Ruby on Rails over a series of posts. For the first post, I'll start with my explanation of how Rails works.

How Rails works

I imagine Rails to be like a big robotic factory with three arms: Models, Views and Controllers. These arms do most of the heavy lifting for you and it makes a lot of assumptions so you spend less time typing the same lines of code over and over. For example, create a users resource in the routes.rb f...

Rails

Tutorial

WLC at Sky, 21st February

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Steve Brewer
7 months ago

It's time for another meetup at Sky! In just six weeks we'll be settling in with wine/beer and pizza for lots of interesting short talks lined up with breaks between to chat.

There’ll be plenty of time to ask the speakers questions and chat to others before, between and after the talks, so come along! Everyone’s welcome and it was great fun last time!

Our first meetup at

Meetup

Talks

Sky

Our new Rails app 🎉

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Steve Brewer
8 months ago
Welcome to our new site! This is a Ruby on Rails app and it lets us make an account and have a profile.

We can also add skills and interests to our profiles, and search for other people by skill or interest. This should make it easier to remember who's into what language, and help us make groups of people into the same things.

There's still tons of features we can add and everyone's welcome to help. The code is here if ...

Rails

Site update

Ruby

Python hackroom with Ali Hamdan

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Steve Brewer
8 months ago
Today at our 17th meetup we had our first talk and hackroom by one of our own members, Ali Hamdan, a network security engineer at RiverSafe. Ali gave an intro to Python to the whole group, then took anyone interested in learning more to another meeting room.

Ali is a self-described Python addict: “My interest in computing began during 6th form where I...

Python

Hackroom

Talks

Getting a job in Software Development

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Steve Brewer
9 months ago
Last Saturday, we enjoyed a cracking talk from Shabbir Naqvi about getting into software development. Shabbir had some great tips to navigate the job hunting arena with for budding new developers, eager to find their first job paying them to do what they love.

Shabbir is a delivery manager at

Hiring

NET-A-PORTER

Talks

West London Coders at Sky Campus

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Steve Brewer
12 months ago
We’re now just over two weeks away from our meetup at Sky, who are hosting us at their Osterly campus with food, drinks and a couple of fantastic talks!

Sky’s senior JavaScript developer Andy Bryant will be giving us an intro to functional programming, examining how to program in a functional style using ES6+. He’ll discuss what functional programming means, its benefits, methodology, and techniques.

Scott Guymer, Sky’s principal engineer from their Digital Hub in Leeds, wi...

Hiring

Talks

Events

Sky

Day 2 at YOOX NET-A-PORTER

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Steve Brewer
About 1 year ago
Today was our second meetup at YNAP, and this time it was at their fabulous head office in Westfield’s The Village.

I’m not sure if it was YNAP’s stunning interior design rubbing off on us or if new member Sharla’s creative spark brought us in this direction but today we chose her idea to run with for our front end project: 🐈 Cat Vacuuming.

Not as cruel as it sounds, it turns out some cats ❤️ love a bit of suction. W...

NET-A-PORTER

Cats

Day 1 in the YOOX NET-A-PORTER House

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Steve Brewer
About 1 year ago
Today we had our first meetup away from Costa and it was joyous! Jerome secured the venue with YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP and it’s a fantastic space.

For the first time we were able to hear each other! So this was the first meetup where we actually managed to have several people committing to the same repo, and we built a

NET-A-PORTER

Hello WLC!

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Steve Brewer
About 1 year ago
So this group grew a lot faster than I anticipated, which is great! Clearly there’s a demand for meetups in West London! I’m looking for an alternative venue for this Saturday (though still at Ealing Broadway), suggestions welcome - otherwise we’ll stick with Costa. Going forward, I’m aiming to host a meetup weekly but with no obligation for anyone to attend all of them.

The plan is the same:

It’s not a teacher-led meetup, it will be something between a social and a hackday...

Costa

Retro

First Public Meetup

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Steve Brewer
About 1 year ago
It’s almost 7:30pm and Costa is about to close and four of us are still here, some of us since 11am. So we had a pretty good time! We got everyone added to the Github team with write access to the website and some of us have made some commits already.

We agreed that Costa is a great venue to meet at so we will continue here for the time being, at midday on Saturdays. Don’t feel obliged to attend every Saturday, and you can always join remotely on Slack or Hangouts if it’s...

Costa

Retro